Archive from November, 2008
25 Nov
2008
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Obama’s economic plan – eek!

President-elect Obama has announced that he is going to spend billions and billions of dollars for the so-called economic stimulus package that will be launched in January.

He is still sticking to his plan to raise taxes for people making over $250,000. He just hasn’t decided if he wants to let the current tax cuts expire or if he wants to raise them now.

Let’s see – higher taxes, admittedly steep deficit spending. Isn’t that how Franklin Roosevelt made the 1930s Depression great? With all those wealthy people in Congress, you’d think at least some of them knew what truly makes the economy tick.

24 Nov
2008
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Bill Richardson: Political Chameleon

It looks like New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is going to be tapped as President-elect Obama’s commerce secretary. This is only the latest in a long line of completely unrelated jobs that Richardson has held in government.

The New Mexico Democrat has been Secretary of Energy, U.N. Ambassador, a member of the House, a presidential aspirant, is currently a governor, and soon, apparently, Secretary of Commerce. An impressive list, but it’s a bit unfocused for my taste and it begs the question: Is Richardson actually skilled at anything other than holding jobs in government?

24 Nov
2008
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Election Postmortem Discussion

At the November monthly Young Republican meeting the floor was open to the members to discuss their thoughts on why the Republicans faired so poorly in the 2008 election and what needs to be done to get back in the saddle. Club President Lynn Krogh presided over the discussion. Among the thoughts brought to bear on our losses were:

  • Difficulty moving against the anti-Republican tide
  • Getting off message/Forgetting our principles
  • Running a national campaign that could not be adapted to regional concerns
  • No deep bench of leaders/Lack of party building at local, state, and national level
  • Didn’t pursue swing voters
  • Sarah Palin not ready for the national stage/mishandled by campaign
  • Economic crisis

    Thoughts about what we need to do going forward included:

  • clear & consistent communications
  • sticking to conservative principles
  • developing online social and action networks
  • focusing on issues that concern voters (i.e. environment, jobs)

    We encourage you to join the discussion and let us know your thoughts. Constructive debate will help us develop the ideas needed to rebuild and reshape the Republican Party and provide positive solutions for the challenges confronting our city, our state, and our nation.

  • 22 Nov
    2008
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    The Political Attack on Joe the Plumber

    When Barack Obama told Samuel Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. Joe the Plumber, that he wanted to “spread the wealth around a little,” he gave voters a sneak peek at his plans for America and our capitalist system. After that, Joe the Plumber became an American celebrity, a symbol used by Republicans to demonstrate the harm Obama will bring to our economy. Wurzelbacher also became a target for character assassination by the Democrats.

    Wurzelbacher’s records were poured over by the Ohio state Department of Job and Family Services. Allow me to point out what you can already guess is true – the head of the agency, Helen Jones-Kelley, was an Obama supporter. She has been suspended for a month without pay, but Governor Ted Strickland has refused to fire her (Yeah, he’s a donkey, too).

    An Inspector General’s report found that the search was improper and politically motivated, though Jones-Kelley maintains it was not, which is laugh-out-loud funny.

    There have been more suspensions meted out to Fred Williams, assistant director of the Department of Jobs and Family Services, and Doug Thompson, the department’s deputy director of child support.

    These Obama foot soldiers who deliberately used valuable government resources to attack an ordinary citizen and invade their privacy will soon be back to work.

    21 Nov
    2008
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    Clinton as Secretary of State

    Roll Call’s reporting that Senator Clinton will be accepting President-Elect Obama’s offer to be his Secretary of State. This is certainly an interesting choice and one the media’s been fixated on for a week now.

    And one, as late as last night, I believed to be a big old media power play. Guess I owe Matt Hindin, Saul Farber and co. a few bucks.

    That said, how excited do you get to think that she’ll be leaving her post as NY’s junior Senator?!?! Who does the Governor choose?

    21 Nov
    2008
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    Early Voting in SAXBY’s Favor?

    Last night at our meeting, you heard from Campaign Chairman Matt Hindin about Senator Saxby Chambliss’ campaign runoff. It’s looking like Saxby is doing pretty well… Check out what the Atlanta Journal Constitution is saying.
    It seems that 74.8% of early voters have been white, while only 22.3% have been African-American. This may not bode well for Senator Chambliss’ opponent, Atlanta Democrat Jim Martin. In comparison, African American turnout was 35% in the General Election.

    To date, slightly over 101,000 voters have come back and compare that to almost 2,000,000 who early voted in the general election. There’s still a week of early voting left, but it’s a short week because of Thanksgiving.

    You can follow the process:
    http://frontloading.blogspot.com/2008/11/georgia-senate-runoff-early-voting-day.html
    or here:
    http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/earlyvotingstats08_runoff.htm

    www.Saxby.org

    21 Nov
    2008
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    Hanging Chad’s in MN


    The WSJ today outlines some of the shady attempts by the Franken campaign to turn the revote in their favor: Al Franken’s Minnesota – More postelection funny business.

    20 Nov
    2008
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    Anti-War Left Unhappy with Obama Already

    The anti-war movement that invested so much of its demonstration time in getting Barack Obama elected are now upset with the president-elect because he seems to be populating his national security team with people who supported the move to topple Saddam Hussein and are generally, well, national security oriented.

    They wonder how he could drift so far away from what he promised them. I’m betting that as the president-elect is being briefed on the true state of national security issues, he is starting to realize just how stupid an immediate unilateral withdrawal from Iraq truly is. As he becomes acclimated to facts that the media won’t report and his far left supporters simply refuse to believe, Obama will have to be careful about which promises he intends to keep. His best bet will be to jettison the kooks early.

    19 Nov
    2008
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    Auto CEOs Take Private Jets to Beg Congress for $$

    If you want to play the role of the pauper in asking Congress to give you $25 billion in taxpayer money to bail out your pathetically run automobile manufacturing company, then don’t fly to Washington in a private jet. That just looks bad no matter how you slice it.

    19 Nov
    2008
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    Have You Heard? Lawsuit’s the Word!

    Got the following in my email just a few moments ago… sems to be gaining a little traction, but a brief google news search yielded nothing

    The Honorable Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer
    United States Supreme Court
    One First Street, NE
    Washington, D.C. 20543

    Dear Honorable Associate Justice Breyer:

    I am writing to ask you to uphold our Constitution by verifying the eligibility of Barack Obama to be President of the United States. There is much speculation and the only way for the country to feel secure that he is eligible is for you to settle this matter.

    Please request Barack Obama to present his birth certificate to the courts for verification.
    Please also request any citizenship papers showing he acquired United States citizenship when he moved from Indonesia back to Hawaii.

    State lawsuits have been filed in WA, FL, NC, CO, CA, OH, CT, GA, TX and MI. Related lawsuits in HI, US District. There are Supreme Court lawsuits in PA and NJ. Obama has yet to release birth certificate or citizenship documents (as well as others).

    Thank you for your honorable service to our country and for upholding our constitution in these trying times.

    Sincerely,